The Ohio Supreme Court heard the death penalty case of a Toledo man found
guilty of arson and murder in 2006 on Tuesday.
Wayne Powell was found guilty of aggravated arson and four counts of aggravated
murder and sentenced to death for starting a house fire that caused the deaths
of his estranged girlfriend, her four-year-old adopted son, her disabled mother
and a 2-year-old cousin.
Powell's appeal to the state supreme court alleges 26 "legal or procedural
errors" by the Lucas County trial court as grounds to reverse his convictions.
Defense attorneys argue that the judge violated rules of evidence when it
showed the jury a taped testimony from Powell's brother, who claims police
threatened him to admit his brother started the fire.
Powell is currently incarcerated at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution.